(PM) – On Tuesday, San Francisco became the 1st major US city to ban electronic cigarettes. The city board of supervisors voted in favor of the ordinance, which stated: “No person shall sell or distribute an electronic cigarette to a person in San Francisco”.
The only exception to this rule would be if the product has undergone a premarket review by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration). No E-cigarettes on the market have reached this qualification.
The ordinance applies to online sales and flavored tobacco products as well- these products include ‘Juul’.
The ordinance’s final step is now to be approved by the mayor, who previously expressed support, stating: ” There is so much we don’t know about the health impacts of these products, but we do know the companies are targeting our kids in their advertising and getting them hooked on addictive nicotine products.” Once signed by the mayor, the ordinance will be in effect 30 days laters.
According to CNN, a Juul representative stated that “the prohibition of vapor products for all adults in San Francisco will not effectively address underage use and will leave cigarettes on shelves as the only choice for adult smokers”.
San Francisco City attorney Dennis Herrera said: “Youth vaping is an epidemic. If the federal government is not going to act to protect our kids, San Francisco will”.